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The Types of Hearing Aids

There are different types of hearing aids available, and the type that is best for you will depend on your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. 

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Invisible hearing aids rest in the second bend of the ear canal where they remain completely invisible in most ears. These can be custom-made and recommended for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

CIC hearing aids are a small and less noticeable hearing aid. This type of hearing aid is molded to fit snugly in the ear canal and can be used for people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

In-the-canal hearing aids are custom-molded to fit the ear canal. Compared to larger hearing aid styles, ITC hearing aids are less visible and can address mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

In-the-ear hearing aids are available in two styles – full shell and half-shell. Full-shell in-the-ear hearing aids cover the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear. Half-shell in-the-ear hearing aids only fill the lower part. ITE hearing aids can address mild to severe hearing loss and can be equipped with directional microphones to help hear better in noise.


Receiver-in-canal hearing aids are tiny, discreet, and easy to fit, which make them ideal for first-time hearing aid users RICs are the most popular style of hearing aids. It has a discreet design with easy-to-use buttons. The RIC type is an open-fit hearing aid that rests behind the ear and transmits sound via a small tube into the ear canal. It belongs to the smallest subcategories of behind-the-ear hearing aids.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

Audiologists who handle patients with severe to profound hearing loss prefer behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids because they offer the maximum amplification. From its name, BTE hearing aids are worn behind your ears and sound is directed through a tiny tube into your ear canal.

Hearing Aids for Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be relieved with hearing aids by masking tinnitus sounds with louder background noises. This technology is found in most hearing aid brands. Some hearing aid manufacturers have the tinnitus maskers integrated within the hearing aids, while others have a dedicated app for tinnitus relief. 

Hearing Aid Brands

Tinnitus may be relieved with hearing aids that house a feature which can help provide relief from the internal sound of tinnitus. We offer sales and services for the follow hearing aid brands:


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Frequently Asked Questions

Basically, yes. Through self-referral, you are not obliged to see a physician or practice nurse before making an appointment with an audiologist. The majority, if not all, third party payers will need a referral, even though neither state licensure nor an audiologist’s ethics necessitate one. It is best to confirm the details of the referral with the specific payer. Payers, however, are generally reasonable and permit a broad recommendation, as is the case with Medicare. Medicare accepts written correspondence signed by the treating practitioner or his or her office, phone calls from the practitioner or his or her office, or emails from the practitioner or his or her office (section 80.6.1 of Chapter 15 of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual). 
Presently, a physician referral is required for all diagnostic audiological treatments covered by Medicare; nevertheless, the main factor affecting payment is the reason for the test. Medicare will pay for medically appropriate and required procedures to diagnose and treat a patient’s illness. For each service that is invoiced, the clinician is required to document in the medical record the precise sign, symptom, or medical complaint that prompted the service.
A hearing aid specialist can perform a simple hearing evaluation on you and fit you with a hearing aid. A wider range of hearing, balance, and related audiological problems can be assessed and diagnosed by audiologists. The medical experts responsible for identifying the underlying cause of hearing loss are audiologists since they are trained in the pathology of hearing loss. Contrarily, a hearing aid specialist is only concerned with conducting hearing tests to fit hearing aids.
Professionals who test hearing and provide aftercare for hearing aids are known as hearing aid dispensers (HADs). Hearing aid dispensers must be licensed and certified in order to use hearing technology. A wider variety of hearing and balance problems can be assessed and diagnosed by audiologists. For treatments that are more closely tied to medicine, such as balance issues, Ear wax, and hearing loss brought about by exposure to noise, an audiologist may be more appropriate. Both professionals are competent in fitting and adjusting hearing aids as well as performing cleaning, maintenance, and repairs.
Analysis tests are primarily carried out by audiologists to assess a patient’s hearing capacity. Audiologists can identify and treat hearing loss with hearing aids and other devices. They devote a lot of effort to teaching patients and their families better communication and hearing-care techniques. Audiologists can also diagnose and handle patients who have issues with hearing and balance, and can carry out professional Ear wax removal.
Hearing aids that are purchased on the cheap are not nearly as effective as those that are fitted and maintained by a qualified hearing healthcare professional. The sophisticated noise filters and abrupt noise mitigation capabilities of more expensive versions are absent from inexpensive hearing aids. In fact, inexpensive hearing aids have the ability to produce loud noises that can further harm your hearing.
Numerous factors can lead to hearing loss, so it’s crucial to obtain a thorough hearing evaluation to choose the most effective course of action. Regular exposure to excessively loud noises can increase one’s susceptibility to hearing loss over time. As a person gets older, age-related hearing loss is expected to happen gradually. Hearing loss may also result from taking certain treatments or medications.
Attempting to clean out your ears using cotton swabs could further impact wax, while pointy objects can cause injuries to your ear canal. To avoid damaging delicate ear parts, we strongly advise professional Ear wax removal to remove wax buildup rather than using do-it-yourself methods. Professional ear wax removal is quick and generally painless. Audiologists have the appropriate tools and methods to ensure that your ears are safe during the procedure.

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